2023 Hyundai Tucson interiors spied ahead of launch, loses free-standing infotainment system
Hyundai India is gearing up to launch the next generation 2023 Tucson and, ahead of its launch, the SUV’s interiors have been spied for the first time. And the important revelation is that there’s no floating display on the spotted car.
The upcoming Tucson is the fourth generation model. Coming to further aspects of the interiors, the centre AC vents are now not only smaller in size but have been moved to the top. They get a silver line in the middle.
Though the HVAC controls are not visible, their console now looks larger and more boxy. The instrument cluster continues with the twin-pod setup as the existing car but gets a white background for easy readout.
The steering wheel has been heavily camouflaged but it looks nothing like the outgoing model. Rest all interior elements have been hidden especially the dashboard which has got 2-level cover. So, we can expect new detailing in these areas.
The free-standing infotainment system was 1 of the greatest highlights of the outgoing Tucson and it will be sorely missed. Tucson getting back to basics won’t be a problem for most but some might find the interiors quite boring as the SUV is Hyundai’s flagship IC car.
Other than this, the Korean maker says, the upcoming Tucson would get intelligent technology, futuristic design, and a long list of safety and innovative features.
The wheelbase is rated at 2756 mm which is quite longer although the SUV would be a 5-seater only. Rear passengers can expect more space than what’s seen on the existing third generation model.
The SUV sports 18-inch wheels against the 19-inchers it gets abroad. But, that shouldn’t be a problem as smaller wheels get slightly bigger-side-wall tires for better ride quality, especially in Indian conditions.
Hyundai calls the new design, ‘Sensual Sportiness’ and the Tucson gets good-looking cuts and creases throughout the body. The beautiful large grille is the highlight of the front while the sharp dual-tone alloy pattern accentuates the design at the sides.
The DRLs are now part of the grille while the headlights are placed in separate housings in the bumper, a strait seen on most Hyundai cars in the last couple of years.
Sitting above the Alcazar in Hyundai India’s lineup, it will share the 2-litre naturally aspired engine from the Creta based 7-seater. As far as diesel engine goes, expect a new 2-litre motor. All-wheel drive will also be offered as an option.
The upcoming Tucson will get all of Hyundai’s latest ADAS features. In addition, it would get ‘Bluelink’ connected tech, a digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, etc.
Hyundai has sold 7 million units of the Tucson so far since the launch of the first generation model in 2004.
Expect a price tag of Rs. 25-30 lakhs (ex-showroom) when the SUV goes on sale here. It will compete against the likes of the Jeep Compass, Citroen C5, and VW Tiguan among others.